Getting here isn’t a question of whether you like Beer but what’s the best method for consuming it? One choice of growing popularity is the Kegerator. By definition, Kegerator is a term used to describe a residential draft (draught) beer dispensing device. A keg, typically of beer, is stored in a refrigerated container in order to keep the keg chilled. The user is able to maintain a tapped keg in this favored location for extended periods of time (at least until the end of the game) without losing any quality in the taste of the beer. A Kegerator may be purchased in its finished form or built from a re-purposed refrigerator or a freezer with special equipment. We will be concentrating on the ready made finished product and reviewing some of the best performing – easiest to use – and although prices can range in the thousands – we’ve eliminated the commercial grade brands and focused on the Best Value.
Those are our top selections but there are other options depending on your intended location(s), frequency of use (does everyday ring a bell), functions and budget. Remember most kegerators are well constructed and made to take an expected amount of abuse. At the same time, it is machine with a cooling system so treat it with some sensitivity when moving or relocating. Like a regular refrigerator, when stationary, it’s rock solid. Once it’s in motion bad things can happen so be cautious. The other selections we’ve reviewed are noted below and although we have made BEST CHOICES, these are also suitable companions.
Best Beer Kegerators -Product Comparison
|Nostalgia KRS-2100 Keg-O-Rator Refrigerated Beverage Keg Dispenser||3.5||yes||single||96 lbs.||20.3 x 26 x 32||1/2 + 1/4 barrels||Best Price|
|Great Northern Stainless Steel Kegerator Beer Dispenser Refrigerator||4.5||yes||dual gauge||101 lbs.||24 x 24 x 42||1/2 barrel||Best Price|
|Sanyo BC1206 Kegerator Beer Cooler||3.5||yes||single||91 lbs.||25 x 23.6 x 37||1/2 barrel||Best Price|
|Haier HBF05EBSS Draft Beer Dispenser||3||yes||single||106 lbs.||26.5 x 24 x 36||1/2 barrel + minis||Best Price|
|Krups B100 Beertender||4.5||yes||none||9 lbs.||21 x 12 x 8||5 liter||Best Price|
|Edgestar Mini||3.5||yes||none||29 lbs.||13 x 15 x 15||5 liter||Best Price|
|Edgestar Kegerator & Cooler||3.5||yes||single||99 lbs.||48.5 x 20 x 26.5||1/2 + 1/4 barrels||Best Price|
There’s more than one reason kegerators are so great …. you never have to worry about not finding an opener for your bottle. But….just in case here’s a handy little tip…
Key Terms that will help in setting up and using your Beer Kegerators
- PSI – pounds per square inch – typical settings between 6-10 – helps control the amount of foam and integrity of pour.
- CO2 – Carbon dioxide – pumped into keg to push beer out
Parts of a Kegerator you should know
- CO2 tank – Regulator – Coupler
- Beer & Air Line
- Tap & Tower
- Drip Tray , Faucet and Faucet Handle
|Kegerator Critical Element – The Coupler – Different Countries have different standards – Important when purchasing Imported Keg Beer|
|System D (US Sankey) – Standard for American beer|
|System S (European Sankey) – Common for European beer|
|System U – Used for stout and ale by a few breweries in UK/Ireland (Guinness)|
|System G – Used by some breweries in UK/Ireland. (Also used in the US by Anchor Brewing).|
|System A – Chiefly used by breweries in Germany.|
|System M – Used by some German breweries (Schneider)|
Conduct a leak test – See our Report
|Always conduct the following troubleshooting steps:|
|1. Let the keg sit to allow time for cooling.|
|2. Make sure the thermometer is working correctly and is properly calibrated.|
|3. Double check the volume level on your carbonation for the beer.|
|4. Place glass of water in unit with temp guage to verify temperature|
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